If you get things wrong, you’ll end up with poor weaners that will be poor hoggets, and these in turn will make poor-performing ewes over their lifetime.
Lifestyle blocks are unfortunately a great place to find sheep decorated with dags.
Every year, usually after the holidays in February and sometimes later, the owner of a lifestyle block with a small flock of sheep will realise that it’s that time of the year again.
Rearing a pet lamb can be a great experience and it’s especially rewarding if you’ve saved a young lamb from starvation and exposure.
New Zealand is well advanced in slaughter practices in all meat works, where cattle, sheep, goats and pigs are electrically stunned before their throats are cut severing the carotid arteries.
If you’re keeping breeding records of your sheep flock, making sure you get the correct mother at birth is critical
Mating hoggets can be quite profitable if done properly, but it has severe pitfalls which have be taken care off.
Wool merchants are getting hot under the collar about people packing wool when it’s damp.
Sheep are ruminants – and they start eating pasture from about a week old. They are efficient ruminants by about a month old.
If you have to put your hand into the vagina, and then through the cervix of the ewe into the uterus to sort out a lambing problem, try this to make it easier:
Bonding between a ewe and her lamb(s) takes only a few minutes. After this she will not take a lamb that smells differently.